Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Cloudstone Key by Darren T. Patrick

Title:  The Cloudstone Key
Series:  The Rithhek Cage Trilogy #1
Author:  Darren T. Patrick
Published:  December 1st 2013 by Createspace
Length:  136pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  YA fantasy
Shelf:  Review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the remote mining village of Aystin, Karsen Morgate secretly longs to explore the world outside the town walls; but instead dutifully spends his nights protecting the precious Cloudstone tiles—mined by his father, and engraved with mystical symbols and lore by the reclusive Adept Noxyn. When his half-brother, Petr, commits a gruesome crime, Karsen is forced to flee his home, carrying with him a tile depicting a unique artifact—the Ennae—entrusted to his care by the Adept himself. Alone, ailing, and on the run, Karsen must find help, find his way, and decipher the true meaning of the Ennae. For he soon realizes that he is being pursued by the dark brotherhood of the Shroud, and that he has somehow become an unwilling pawn in an ancient conflict.

The Shroud is stirring.

The world of Tholann is in danger.

And young Karsen Morgate is in the middle of it.

My Review:

Patrick’s light, well put together writing style has a smooth flow that propels this remarkable tale forward. It is a fantastically creative tale that will take you on the ride of a lifetime. This author draws you in, allowing you to tread through the intricate world that he has created. He has also created & presented an entertaining history and lore of the land. Not only that, but he provides this information to the audience without breaking the flow of the story.

The variety of people and creatures that Patrick has created for this story round the story out nicely. The main character is a very captivating individual that you want to get to know better and whom you hope to see succeed. The vast array of characters in the supporting cast serve to introduce the reader to various aspects of this wide world.

This was a brilliant introduction to Patrick’s characters, land, and series. I can’t wait to follow this story along.

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